Do you ever wonder, if the love of God is real? Does God’s love extend to all? What is the Love of God? We will dive more into this in this post.
Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV)
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
As human beings, we have a thirst for knowledge. We desire to entirely know something. We do the same when it comes to love. That is why we ask those around us if they love os and how much.
When we were little our parents would stretch out their arms and tell us that “ We Love you This BIG.”
It somehow made it easier to understand just how much they loved us.
When it comes to God’s love for us, it is easy for us to ask God how much He loves us. But harder to understand the truth of that love.
Trials hit us hard, and life hurts. Times come when we feel lonely and unloved, or when we sin and do wrong. Those are the times when we are wondering if God still loves us and if so how much?
Does God love us when we do wrong?
Does God love us when we are alone?
Does God love us when no one else does?
To answer these questions and more we need to look at God’s grand story.
In Genesis, God created the world and us. God said that it was VERY Good!
Then man sinned. From that day on, man has been plagued with pain and hardships.
Sin raged on and the consequences for that sin as well.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death.”
We all have sinned and done wrong and the penalty is death. We also learned that sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
But thankfully God did not leave us there.
God loves us so much that “While we were still sinners, Christ Died for us.” – Romans 5:8
God sent his son Jesus (John 3:16) down to earth to saves us from our sin and restore us in a relationship with Him.
Jesus died and then rose again on the third day. Just for YOU!!!
He loves us THIS BIG!
Ephesians applies this idea of God’s love to our life
Ephesians 3:17-19 (ESV)
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith
This passage is part of a prayer of Paul for the church at Ephesus. Through faith we are saved and we come to see God’s love come alive in our hearts.
—That you, being rooted and grounded in love,
The more we grow in our relationship with God, the more that Christ’s love roots us and grounds us. Our ability to love, forgive and care stem from being grounded in Christ’s love for us.
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
Paul prays that we would begin to experientially comprehend the vast love of Christ. God’s love surpasses anything that we can fathom.
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
We cannot begin to grasp God’s love for us. The story of Hosea shows that no matter what we can do, God still loves us. Paul’s story in Acts 9 shows us that no matter how much we hate God, God still loves us! The love of God knows know past history just that it is for you.
That you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
This speaks of us taking our understanding of God’s love and while experiencing God’s love for ourselves we are practicing that love towards others.
God’s Love is Incomprehensible! That God would come down to save us from our sins is unfathomable.
God’s love should astound us. We cannot possibly know or fully understand this love. But we can allow God’s love to transform our lives.
Two applications for this:
1. Embrace the Incomprehensible Love of God for you!
2. Show this love towards others
How have you seen God’s love in your life?